Johnny Hartman: Sleepin' Bee


Sleepin' Bee


Johnny Hartman (vocals)


I Just Dropped by to Say Hello (GRP 176)

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Johnny Hartman (vocals), Hank Jones (piano), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Milt Hinton (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote


Recorded: New York, October 9, 1963


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Sometimes the finger-snapping is figurative; here it's literal, but quiet enough to not awaken a sleepin' bee. At little more than two minutes, this track might seem miserly, except it's really all Johnny Hartman needs to convince us that despite their tinsel tackiness, Ring-a-Dings are at heart romantics. Hartman's hushed but torrid baritone, abetted by soundman Rudy Van Gelder's twist of reverb, could melt frozen daiquiris still in the freezer. Hell, it'll curdle your cream at 50 feet. Toast your muffins. Simmer your soup. Sizzle your steak. Warm your cockles. Heat your hearth. Scorch your earth. You get the idea.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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